Since 1993, the Indian government has maintained relations with Myanmar as part of a broader foreign policy to increase India`s participation and influence in Southeast Asia. Since then, India has become one of the largest markets for Burmese exports. India is Burma`s fourth largest trading partner and the second largest export market, accounting for 25% of total exports. ASEAN is India`s fourth largest trading partner after the European Union, the United States and China. Trade between India and ASEAN currently stands at $80 billion, but is expected to receive a significant boost with the conclusion of the Free Trade Agreement for Services and Investment. He added that „subject to the outcome of the scoping exercise“, the ASEAN-India Joint Committee will be activated for the effective revision of the agreement. After six years of negotiations, the ASEAN-India Free Trade Agreement was signed on 13 August 2009 in Bangkok, Thailand. The agreement applied only to trade in goods and did not include software and information technology. Negotiations for a free trade agreement in services and investment started in October 2008 and ended on 20 December 2012. In 2012, India and Myanmar signed 12 MoUs to strengthen cooperation in the areas of border development, defence and analysis, and joint trade and investment. Bilateral trade between India and Burma is expected to more than double by 2015, from $1.28 billion in 2011 to $3 billion.
The last paragraph of the statement said ASEAN members had already agreed on next steps ahead of the meeting with India at their internal PowWow on August 25. „In order to ensure the smooth running and facilitation of the process, the Ministers instructed the ASEAN Secretariat to conduct a preliminary assessment of the ASEAN Common Position on the aitiga revision and to work with India on the scoping exercise.“ After India became an ASEAN sectoral dialogue partner in 1992, India recorded an increase in its trade with ASEAN compared to its trade with the rest of the world. Between 1993 and 2003, bilateral trade between ASEAN and India increased from $2.9 billion in 1993 to $12.1 billion in 2003, at an annual rate of 11.2 per cent.  Much of India`s trade with ASEAN is destined for Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand, with which India has strong economic relations.  Brunei`s main export to India was crude oil, while Brunei mainly imports textile products and vehicle parts from India. However, with relatively high shipping costs between the two countries and limited ties between the Indian and Brunei business communities, coupled with the limited needs of Brunei`s smaller population, bilateral trade has been somewhat hampered. At the 10th ASEAN-India Summit, which concluded on 20 December 2012 in New Delhi, India and ASEAN concluded negotiations on free trade agreements for services and investment. Both sides expect bilateral trade to grow to $100 billion by 2015 and $200 billion in a decade.  Ahead of Sunday`s RCEP „extraordinary summit,“ Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said he would support his government in favor of „the extension of a free and fair economic zone, including the possibility of a future return of India to the agreement, and hopes to gain the support of other countries.“ For a more detailed presentation of trade flows between India and ASEAN, see the following table: in addition, the signing of RCEP cannot end the process – with several countries having to ratify the agreement as part of the parliamentary process. But officials have also found that it may not have as much scope for bandwidth, as it doesn`t involve more complicated negotiations on the text. The ASEAN-India Free Trade Area (AIFTA) is a free trade area between the ten member states of the Association of South Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India.
The first framework agreement was signed in Bali, Indonesia, on 8 October 2003.  and the final agreement was 13 August 2009  The free trade area entered into force on 1 January 2010.   India hosted the last ASEAN-India Commemorative Summit in New Delhi on January 26, 2018. . . .